Did you notice something new when you logged into your Google Drive? Team Drives by Google was released to EDU domains yesterday. This is exciting news! Team Drives create an opportunity for members of a school to work in a collaborative drive, automatically update access to files when a new staff member arrives at a school and files won't be removed when a member leaves a school or the division.
What is a Team Drive?
Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can store their files and guarantee that every member has the most up-to-date information, no matter the time or place. Any changes made to a file in the Team Drive are automatically updated for everyone in the Team Drive. This is similar to a shared Folder in a personal Google Drive, except that all the files are owned by the collective not the individual who creates them, meaning if the person who created the document in the Team Drive leaves the Team Drive or the school division, the file is still available to everyone who is still a member of the Team Drive. You can add individuals or a Group mailing list to a Team Drive. If a mailing list is used (for example PEstafffirstname.lastname@example.org), then as the members of that mailing list are updated, so is the access to the Team Drive. This means, there's no Team Drive access maintenance required.
Why Use Team Drive?
As you may know, with the recent server refresh, the U: Drive was removed from school servers. A lot of schools backed those files up to an external hard drive, however, now if someone wants access to something the external hard drive has to be given to that person. If they make any changes to the file, then they would have to upload that file to the same place on the hard drive and replace the original file. With Team Drive everyone in the Team Drive would have access to the files from any device as long as there is an internet connection and they would be updated as soon as anyone makes any edits to it.
Important to Know
Team Drive is still quite new for Google and the current back up process that occurs for each individual's Drive does not occur at this time, so your Team Drive files are not currently backed up.
If you are the owner of a file and you move it into a Team Drive, you are giving up "ownership" of that file and if you leave the school division, you no longer have access to the files you moved into the Team Drive, even though you were the original owner of the document. If this is a concern for you, make a copy of the file before moving it into a Team Drive.
When creating a new Team Drive it's important to use your school naming code (IE, PC, LJ, etc) in the name of the drive. This will make it easier for Tech Services to support any issues that may arise with your Team Drive.
To find out more about Team Drives in Wolf Creek go to the Team Drive page.
Last night's special Thursday edition of #TechTuesday featured Kayley Bowie, a Junior High teacher in Crestomere who shared her journey using ClassCraft and gamifying her classroom. If you haven't heard of ClassCraft, it is a web based tool to gamify classroom management and/or your classroom content. Kayley also talked about how she gamified her classroom in general outside of ClassCraft and shared some great resources. Below is the video of her presentation for you to check out at your leisure. You can also check out Kayley's gamified classroom website, including all of her resources, here: arenaissancejourney.weebly.com
Gamification is starting to make its way into classrooms and we're interested in your thoughts on gamification. Please answer the survey below or add a comment to the comments section below.
Have you had an opportunity to check out the FreshGrade website lately? If you did, you will have noticed that it's look has changed. There have also been some recent updates to the mobile Teacher apps on both Android and iPhone.
Logging in to your account on the website is much easier than it used to be. Simply click on "LOG IN" at the top right hand corner of the page. You can then choose the app you need to access from the popup window:
Previously you would then need to choose District Log in and search through the list to find Wolf Creek. This is no longer - just sign in with your email address (you may still need to take the additional step of signing in with Google).
The Teacher app for iPhones and Androids have been updated recently as well. Unfortunately, these have not been created equal. The iPhone app has more functionality than the Android app at this time, but neither compare to the versatility of the iPad app.
The biggest change on both of these platforms is the simplification of logging in. You no longer need to select Division log in but can simply type in your email address.
Using an iPhone, you can add evidence directly to a specific activity by selecting the student you wish to add evidence for, and choosing the activity from their portfolio list. You can then add notes, pictures, videos or voice recordings.
On an Android device, you're able to add digital evidence to student portfolios but not in specific activities. The most recent upgrade on this platform is the ability to rotate a photo prior to posting it.
With the iPad app, you have almost the same functionality as the webapp. You can access and edit your gradebook as well as add evidence to student portfolios (including directly into activities).
This site is a resource to support the teachers of Wolf Creek Public Schools as we continue to learn and grow.
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